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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071600213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071600217
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dragnea on March 10 2011
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Hilarious - this book was just plain funny. Amy Alkon tells of rude experiences in public, and how people just seem to forget their manners - even though they are surrounded by other people. That's true in driving, in restaurants, coffee shops, your bank and police station. Cell phone use, and abuse is one of her focal points in the book. She comes up with some pretty wild, and wonderful ideas on getting people to "get it" regarding NOT yelling their social security number into their cell phone in a small coffee shop.

One of the truly amazing points about Amy's book is that she comes out and just tells it as it is. She has a photo of a guy's 4x4 with the WOZ license plate (NOT blurred out) - and tells the story of what this goofy person did. I love her solution of take photos of the car and license plate so that the person knows you are photographing them - it makes them paranoid and change behavior fast. She also comes out and tells the story about BANK OF AMERICA and how dumb their policies are - and how easy it could be for someone to commit fraud and steal money from your account. She tells the story straight up, without trying to hide the accused. The book feels like a brutally honest documentary film, with a lot of good laughs.

This is one of the few books I have really had a good laugh to. People around me must have thought I was weird to be reading, and periodically laughing - but at least that wasn't rude!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Callebert on Feb. 8 2010
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she really tells it like it is. people should be more gracious and slow down and a little less RUDE.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Mixed feelings Aug. 14 2010
By Alan Mazer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I first heard of Amy Alkon through an article somewhere this past week which cited her as an expert on modern-day rudeness, and believe me, I'm sensitive to this topic. Courtesy seems to be in rapid decline. And Alkon, fed up, has some very entertaining stories on how she's started dealing with rude people, from taking the photographs of particularly offensive people (priceless) to billing telemarketers for her time. Interspersed between her anecdotes are a surprising amount of interesting and relevant facts and quotable studies, including a particularly intriguing 150-people-per-village concept, which suggests that there are simply too many of us living in too little real community for us to feel much societal restraint. Her "Don't inflict yourself on other people" motto should be framed and hung everywhere. She's definitely got me thinking about how I can minimize my impact on others around me. The last chapter of the book, in particular, has many very constructive suggestions for coping with and challenging rudeness in the world.

That said, some of her stories don't describe her defending against rudeness as such, but her fights against people (cops and bank workers, for starts) who don't give her the service she feels she deserves, and at these points in the book she loses a little of my sympathy. I've had a car stolen; I've had problems at her bank which were handled professionally. Glossed over in her complaints of how her bank failed to prevent theft from her account is that her bank refunded her money without question. That they refused to help her track down the perpetrator is hardly surprising. Similarly, her story of having her car stolen is sad, and her zeal to recover it impressive, but it's hard to fault the police department for not sending a car just because a friend reportedly saw the stolen auto in traffic. Most police departments have tight budgets and scarce resources, and surely she realizes that crimes of violence will always take priority over property crimes in a city like L.A.

In short, Alkon makes a lot of great points, the book is entertaining and moves quickly, and she cites some very interesting research. But there's a very fine line between actually fighting rudeness and poor service (her suggestions in the last chapter are terrific) and demanding that companies and organizations use their resources to fight injustice against -you-.
116 of 141 people found the following review helpful
A Tour de Force! Nov. 16 2009
By Kingsley R. Browne - Published on Amazon.com
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Rude people beware: Amy Alkon may see you, and if she does, it is unlikely to be a pleasant experience for you. Car thieves, "underparenting" parents, cell-phone users, and telemarketers have all attracted her ire, and she has responded with persistence and ingenuity in ways that most of us can only dream of. But this book is not just a rant about the unmannered. Alkon skillfully weaves in learning from the fields of psychology and anthropology (among others) to explain why we face such a scourge of the impolite. People have always been "grabby, self-involved jerks," but the anonymity of modern society means that they are no longer constrained by the norms of the small groups that traditionally kept those jerky tendencies in check.

This a book for everyone. Those burdened by the impolite may learn defensive strategies, or at least learn that they have a champion in Amy Alkon. If we're lucky, the impolite will learn that what they do is actually impolite, causing them to change their ways; at the very least, however, they will learn to look over their shoulders.

"I See Rude People" is delightfully entertaining. Those familiar with Alkon's advice column ([...]) will recognize her wit and energy. After reading "I See Rude People," those not familiar with her column will be impelled to make it a regular destination for an "Alkon fix."
120 of 150 people found the following review helpful
Simply Fabulous Nov. 14 2009
By Sterling R. Braswell - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading Ms. Alkon's column for many years, and I was prepared to enjoy her book. Amy probably snapped at about the same time I did in regards to 'rude people'. I will quote from page 120: "I thought kids and I had a deal: I'd stay out of Chuck E. Cheese if they stayed out of the martini lounge." This hits me at home from both sides, and I am still laughing.

This book is even better than my expectations. As much as I enjoy visiting her blog, I get involved in the discussions there and sometimes forget that Amy is there. And this book really was an evening with Amy. She's sassy, precocious, and absolutely fabulous in the way she relates her stories and views.

Ms Alkon makes you laugh and makes you think. And from her precisely sharp wit she provides us all with courage to make the world a little more friendly, and a better place.

The advicegoddess is my new Dave Barry. And with much better hair. I can't wait to send copies of her book to friends and foe.
44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Priceless! Feb. 18 2010
By C. Salmon - Published on Amazon.com
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Totally refreshing and fabulous book. Amy Alkon does a wonderful job of creating a fun to read, entertaining book that is also practical and slips in the science as well. No one is surprised that there are rude people out there, we deal with them every day. But Amy's insights are entertaining and helpful...and very topical, like the discussion of people big and rude enough to annex half your plane seat. :-)Totally worth the price and more.
49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Woe to the rude... Nov. 28 2009
By Fianza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...because Amy Alkon will knee-cap them with crow-bar of her searing wit.

Ms. Alkon writes of her efforts to save us from the the petit sociopaths of society: the cell yeller, the anonymous Internet character assassin, and the child-controlled parent.

This book is plain cover-to-cover funny. I was impressed by her social and psychological analysis of humankind's roots and de-evolution of its ill-behavior. Our barely post-Paleolithic brains are not handling modern tools too well and we're not behaving too well outside of the cave.

Buy, read, laugh, and learn.

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